Thursday, 21 October 2010

HALO: It's Heaven vs Hell

“She had the face of an angel
I saw mirrors in her eyes
We were one and the same, she I
Both bound by potent lies.”

Venus Cove is a place where things are happening…bad things and Bethany, with her ‘brother and sister’, have been sent to stop it. Bethany is an Angel on a mission to restore goodwill to the people of Venus Cove. Bethany’s domain is the high school where she tries her best to fit in and despite her clear naiveté about all things ‘teenage’ she soon makes friends with the vibrant Molly and the perfect school captain Xavier has caught her eye, and vice versa. Before long Bethany is caught up in a chaste relationship with Xavier, to whom she reveals her identity, while also fending off the temptation that is Jake Thorn…possible demon. All the while the bad things continue to wreak havoc on the lives of Venus Cove, with Bethany feeling helpless to stop it. But soon enough heaven and hell will meet and the battle will begin.
Any paranormal romance lovers will delight in this novel. Adornetto has a way with words drawing you into a vividly real world you won’t want to leave. It’s Twilight with Angels. Halo is one to defiantly put on you ‘Must Read’ list.

Courtney :)

Monday, 18 October 2010


'Dare you' is the latest teenage novel by Victorian writer, Sue Lawson.

Khaden, Sas and Ruby have been best friends for years. They are known, sneeringly, as 'The Three Musketeers' by their arch enemy, Lyndal.

But, as they grow older, their feelings for each other begin to alter. Childish pranks and dares bring to the surface resentments and rivalry.

And, close as they are, they all have major secrets which they hide from one another.


Friday, 15 October 2010

Inky Awards 2010

You may not be old enough to vote, but here' s your chance to let your voice be heard, to vote for your favourite book in the 2o10 Inky Awards.

"The Inkys are international awards for teenage literature, voted for online by the readers of There are three awards: the Golden Inky for an Australian book, the Silver Inky for an international book, and the Creative Reading Prize, won by a young person for a creative response to a book they love, in any format they choose." (Inside a dog)

Twenty of the best teen titles this past year have been shortlisted for your consideration. You can vote and be in the running to win a prizepack of all twenty titles and you can be in the running to win an iPad by entering the Inky's Creative Reading Prize 2010.

Your vote could make the difference and you creative responses are sought, so take a few minutes and check out all the details at the 2010 Inky Award website.


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Thirteen days to midnight

“You are indestructible”.

Having a superpower sounds great in theory; but as Jacob Fielding finds out in “Thirteen Days to Midnight” by Patrick Carman, it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.

When Jacob walks away, without a scratch, from the car accident that killed his foster father, he just considers himself lucky. At that stage Jacob didn’t realise that the final words his foster father spoke before dying passed the power of invincibility on to him.

After writing those same words onto the cast on the new girls broken arm, Jacob realises that something has changed. He has passed on the power to her. After some experimenting, Jacob and his two friends realise that the power can be easily transferred between Jacob and others; but just because something can be done; does that mean it should be done????

Jacob finds himself torn with guilt, trying to determine who he should save with his power. He can’t save everyone, and each failure just adds to his guilt. But with each transfer of the power, something is changing. If you stop a death from happening; where does that death go? Will it catch up later; and who will it catch up to?


Monday, 11 October 2010

Strange Angels

"Dad? Zombie.
Mum? Long gone.
Me? Well, that’s the scary part."

Dru Anderson is ‘Strange’, she exists in two separate worlds. The first is your very own: Dru gets up, goes to school, comes homes and lives the life most young girls do. Or so it might appear. The second world is what Dru refers to as the ‘Real world’ where the things that go bump in the night really do bump you in the night. For as long as she can remember Dru has hunted these creatures with her father. But now the tables have turned, Dad’s gone and the Real world is coming for her….but don’t worry Dru won’t go down without a fight, Dru’s about to discover the truth about the ‘real world’ and herself.
Strange Angels is a spellbinding fast paced novel that will hook you from beginning to end. Taking a different approach to the vampire/werewolf genre, this time the vampires are Nosferatut, the Werewolf’s are Wulfren and Dreamstealers, Djamphir’s and Svetocha’s are also added to the mix. Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy series) calls it ‘dark, dangerous and sexy! Dru is a new kind of heroine whose story you won’t be able to put down.’ And once you make it to the end of Strange Angels, Betrayals and Jealously follow up the series in spectacular fashion.
The series is a must read.

Courtney :)

Friday, 1 October 2010

What is the real price of beauty?

Scott Westerfeld’s novel Uglies explores this dilemma in a futuristic setting with a disturbing commentary on our current notion of beauty and lifestyle. In a polarized, post-apocalyptic world, Tally Youngblood is about to turn 16 and be transformed from an Ugly, via compulsory cosmetic surgery, into a Pretty. People are conditioned from birth that they are ugly, as such, they long for the operation that will allow them to move across the river into the luxurious mansions in New Pretty Town, where life is one long party and everyone is captivatingly gorgeous.

It's a shock to Tally to then find that her friend Shay doesn't want to be pretty, and doesn't think she's ugly now. Shay runs away to the secretive city know as The Smoke where her friend David awaits, leaving Tally a set of cryptic directions in case she decides to follow. Tally can’t wait to be a Pretty and declines. The government then connects Tally to the Smokies and blackmails her into finding Shay - if she doesn't, she will stay Ugly forever…

Reminiscent of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the government controls the population and the book shows the protagonist’s struggle with it. I really enjoyed Uglies - there are three more in the series (Pretties, Specials and Extras) plus a movie in production, rumored to be released sometime next year (2011).

Rachel @ Doveton Library

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